Lima bean and Swiss chard salad

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 8
Lima bean and Swiss chard salad

Lima beans


Rinse the limas under running water, then place them in a 5-quart saucepot. Add the water, garlic, onion and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, partially covered, just until tender but not mushy, 40 to 50 minutes. Drain the beans, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water for the dressing. Remove the onion. Place the beans in a large bowl and set aside.



Steam the carrots in a covered steamer over boiling water until the carrots are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove them from the steamer and let cool to warm.


Remove the white center stalks from the chard. Cut the chard leaves into 2-inch pieces. Add them to the steamer and steam until the chard is wilted, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the chard from the steamer and let cool while preparing the rest of the salad.


Add the carrots and chard to the bowl of lima beans. Stir in the chopped onion, garlic, dill and 1 teaspoon of salt. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, broth and 1/4 cup reserved bean cooking water. Pour the dressing over the beans. Lightly toss the salad just until the ingredients are mixed.

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